What started this whole “running watch review” thing was about two years ago when I wrote up an article on Free Phone Apps for Runners, particular ones that used GPS. I had just started getting back into running and went out and tested four different GPS running apps for the iPhone. If you’re still interested in something similar, check out that article. But here’s my experience with the Nike+ sensor and iPhone.
Since, I’ve gotten into all different sorts of running watches, iPhone apps, and things but realized if I really wanted something just for running, that a good quality GPS or running watch was the way to go. Even though I like taking my iPhone with me when I run for safety reasons, and also sometimes I prefer the music or Podcasts that’s on my phone over my other iPod, there’s times when I just want to hit the trail. And good simple fitness or running watches usually work best for that. Especially lately, that I realize that not having music, and concentrating on my breathing and all the sounds going on around me, is a great way to get in some meditation and running at the same time.
But, getting to the gist of this article, I see a lot of people posting their Nike+ status to their Facebook wall, plus I always see the Nike+ under settings on my iPhone and was just curious to see what that’s all about. So I purchased a Nike+ Sensor and the Marware pouch to attach it to my Brooks PureConnect shoes.
I figured setup and paring the sensor with my iPhone 4 would be a breeze. Nope. It was a pain in the butt.
You’re suppose to just be able to go into Settings on the iPhone, turn on the Nike+ and then connect (or detect) the sensor. It goes to a screen with a picture of a sensor and some lady comes over the iPhone and says, “walk around to activate your sensor.” So I walked around and nothing happened. I tried this over and over and even resetting the little Nike+ sensor (there’s a button on the back you hold for three seconds to reset). Nothing worked. So I went on my run without it.
The next day after a few minutes on Google, I came across this article on resetting the settings of the iPhone to get it to work with the sensor. Basically you go into “General Settings” and reset all settings. According to the article, it was no big deal, and having never done this before, I went ahead and just reset my phone. NOTE!! This isn’t the “no big deal” it’s made out to be. Sure, everything works fine, after you connect to iTunes and do a restore. I thought it would just reset some settings but I had to then connect the phone to iTunes and restore completely before I could use my phone at all. So just be warned!
But, that did fix the connection issue with the Nike+ sensor. So two days later I finally got off and did a run with this setup to see how I liked it.
After The Run
Using this for running was… well, OK. A little voice comes on throughout the run telling you how far you’ve went and then when you get within a few hundreds yards of finishing, Did the 5K run and when the Nike+ App told me I’d hit 5K or (3.1 miles) I looked down at my Garmin 305 and it only said 2.84 miles. Which is understandable since it’s not GPS and it should get better once calibrated.
It’s pretty cool having the lady talk in your ear, but not that cool. I did calibrate the app once I finished my run since my Garmin 305 showed the actual distance. So maybe the next time it will be a little more